un·​wor·​thy | \ ˌən-ˈwər-t͟hē How to pronounce unworthy (audio) \

Definition of unworthy

1a : lacking in excellence or value : poor, worthless
2 : not meritorious : undeserving unworthy of attention
3 : not deserved : unmerited unworthy treatment
4 : inappropriate to one's condition or station actions unworthy of a gentleman

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unworthily \ ˌən-​ˈwər-​t͟hə-​lē How to pronounce unworthy (audio) \ adverb
unworthiness \ ˌən-​ˈwər-​t͟hē-​nəs How to pronounce unworthy (audio) \ noun

Examples of unworthy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not only is the script unworthy of its talent, Malcolm & Marie is barely about Malcolm and Marie. refinery29.com, "Malcolm & Marie Hates Film Criticism — Here’s What Two Film Critics Hate About Malcolm & Marie," 8 Feb. 2021 The categorization of immigrants into worthy/unworthy has been baked into American history for over a century. NBC News, "How Biden can undo the divisions Trump deepened in immigrant communities," 1 Feb. 2021 While standing up at some random altar, a few thousand dollars poorer in an ill-fitting dress, I was faced with the fear that this may never happen for me, rendering my life less important and unworthy of celebration. Jessica Wilkins, refinery29.com, "Why I’ve Retired From the Bridesmaids Game," 4 Jan. 2021 With ease, the Jedi master cuts down the darktroopers, who, like their creator, prove to be entirely unworthy of dread. Isaac Schorr, National Review, "The Mandalorian’s Second Season Gives Star Wars Fans Their Fix," 26 Dec. 2020 When the league restarted in July, the Bulls were on the outside looking in, deemed unworthy of an invitation to the Orlando bubble. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The Chicago Bulls have a chance to change their underachieving narrative, but it has to start now," 23 Dec. 2020 On the surface, this role seems unworthy of Pine’s talents. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Wonder Woman 1984 Is the Superhero Movie That 2020 Needed," 23 Dec. 2020 This is a model that is already being used in fintech to issue loans to those deemed unworthy by traditional banks. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "Biden wants to change how credit scores work in America," 18 Dec. 2020 Taking further precautions seemed unworthy of discussion when the council meeting started. Los Angeles Times, "A tale of two cities: the cautious refugees hit by COVID-19 and those who call it a hoax and refuse masks," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of unworthy

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Unworthy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unworthy. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unworthy

: not good enough to deserve something or someone : not worthy
: not appropriate or acceptable for a good or respected person


un·​wor·​thy | \ ˌən-ˈwər-t͟hē How to pronounce unworthy (audio) \
unworthier; unworthiest

Kids Definition of unworthy

1 : not deserving someone or something He's unworthy of such praise.
2 : not appropriate for a particular kind of person or thing That behavior is unworthy of you.

Other Words from unworthy

unworthiness \ -​t͟hē-​nəs \ noun



Legal Definition of unworthy

: not meritorious specifically, in the civil law of Louisiana : being or relating to an heir who is deprived of the right to inherit from a person because of a failure in a duty towards the person

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unworthiness noun

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